Diversity of the Earth – pt. 7

This could be a prince!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this seventh and final episode, I’d like to feature a group of animals that have adapted themselves perfectly to the water-rich planet that we call home: Amphibians.  Their ability to make the best use of both water and land environment, has made them an evolutionary success story.

On top of that, they are often gorgeous to look at, such as this one….

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Patient Frog

This shot came about when I noticed this beautiful frog sitting next to a decorative pond; I decided to try and approach it, by crawling on my stomach to slowly get within shooting distance.  As I got closer, I’d take another image or two, until I got myself hanging out over the pond to get this angle.  After this shot, I put my camera down and gently pulled myself back on safe ground.

The frog never moved!

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/60 second at f/7.1 and 400 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 5

Beauty to behold.

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this fifth episode, I’m going to another part of the animal kingdom: lepidoptera!  Usually, butterflies are admired by most of us from a young age, as they are frail and beautiful.  Their close cousings, the moths, tend to have a bad rap, as we all know about keeping moths away from woolen clothes, lest they be moth-eaten!

However, there many gorgeous species of moths, such as this Giant Swallowtail!

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Giant Swallowtail

This image came from a trip to a local butterfly habitat where this beautiful moth was sitting quietly, hoping for more warmth, as it tried to recover, as it had been touched by someone, who didn’t think about how delicate these creatures are.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/6.3 and 200 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 4

Catch bull moose at 4!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

One of the areas of amazing diversity is the Animal Kingdom.  The level of adaptation to the opportunities presented in our planet’s environment is simply stunning!  From bacteria that thrive in volcanic vents on the bottom of the ocean to birds of paradise that create mating displays beyond human comprehension and everything in between!

Among my favorites is the moose, featured in our fourth episode…

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Bull Moose in Rain

This image was captured in June, 2006, during a photography weekend led by the wonderful photographer, Mark Picard, whose moose and nature photography are stunning!  As it happened, we were graced by a significant amount of rain during this weekend, for which I was prepared; one of the advantages of doing a lot of outdoor photography in New England is that preparation for lots of different weather conditions becomes second nature.

Despite the weather, we saw around 27 moose in under three days, which was phenomenal.  This bull was very happy grazing the underwater vegetation in this pond and was clealy not affected by the rain 🙂

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG lens.  Exposure settings were 1/250 second at f/5.6 and 1000 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 3

Exciting landscapes abound!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this third episode, we take a trip to one of the marvels of this planet: Iceland.  Its location at the northern end of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the meeting place of the North-American and Eur-Asian tectonic plates, provides for an unusual landscape filled with geothermal and volcanic features.

These images are from my short trip to Iceland in 2015, which gave me a taste for the wonders that fill this island.  I’m very much looking forward to go back one day to properly explore Iceland with my camera.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 2

Highs and lows

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this second episode, we find ourselves at the location of the Earth’s largest tidal variation: the Bay of Fundy!  The Earth’s interplay with the Moon has been key to the development of life on this little planet, and the tidal movements are a diurnal reminder of this interaction…

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Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

This image dates back just about 10 years, from when we went to visit Nova Scotia.  As my wife was running our dogs in agility, I explored Nova Scotia and found this low tide scene in the little town of Digby.

Technical Details

This image was captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an Canon 28-80mm f/4-5.6 lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/125 second and f/9 with 400 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 1

Where water and life meet

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

The first one, highlights some of the interesting aspects of our planet, such as water, a biosphere, temperature variations and the colors green and blue…

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Frozen Tree in Wachusett Reservoir

This image dates back just over 11 years on a chilly March day in 2006.  Due to wind and water movement, the ice tends to creep up on the shores of Wachusett Reservoir, which caused this lone tree on an outcropping to become entangled.

Technical Details

This image was captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/400 second and f/11 with 200 ISO.  It was a rather chilly shot!

An Opaque Landscape

Opacity creates wonder!

We all need something Opaque in our lives from time to time, no matter how transparent we try to be in all our dealings.  It is through the opaque quantities in our lives that we learn to value both their presence and the transparency that surrounds them.

The opaque are the shadow to the light of transparency; without one, the other is not defined…

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PondScape

While looking for the Ponies of Chincoteague, opaque beauty lay right at my feet.  This is an image that I still enjoy looking at even after more than 3 years.

Technical Details

This image was captured using a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with an EF 70-200m/f2.8 lens. Exposure settings were 1/30s at f/6.3 and 800 ISO.